Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Side Trip to Monument Valley

What an incredible afternoon!

I was fortunate enough to take a little side trip late this afternoon after finishing my work at school near Kayenta, Arizona. This being the first time I've visited the area, I really wanted to drive the twenty-plus miles north to the Monument Valley area. What a beautiful and peaceful drive through this monumental (pardon the pun) valley. At times I was awestruck by its simplistic beauty and the sounds of silence.

Here are a few pictures.


I took many, many more pictures than this and tried to pick some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to coming back to work in the school again in the spring, so I can perhaps have another peek. We ended our day by eating dinner at the restaurant in the hotel perched on the rim of the valley. For more information about the hotel and restaurant (just in case you are in the area) visit the web site for The View.

8 comments:

Nancy Naigle said...

Stunning. It's awe-inspiring to see that kind of coral beauty ... especially when I'm so used to the lush greens of the east coast.

That last picture looks like a painting!
Thanks for sharing,
Nancy

Maddie James said...

Thanks for stopping by, Nancy! The last one...I must have taken a dozen shots, trying to find the right setting. This one was pure luck, I think. I love the way it turned out.

suzanne said...

Just stunning...but to view and visit, not to live. (Can you tell I'm a green grass and green trees type?)

Sylvia May said...

Gorgeous! Amazing place! (I've been to Sedona--how far is Monument Valley from there?) You're a talented photographer.

Maddie James said...

Suzanne, I am missing the green and the humidity of home right now. My body doesn't do too well in the dry climates. I am always glad to get back to the Ohio River valley and soak up the moisture after I've been in the desert a week. This week is especially bad I think because I've not been west for a couple of months and my body is really reacting! (achy joints, red eyes, dry skin, etc..) But goodness, yes, it was quite beautiful.

Sylvia, thank you...I have to give credit to the camera! It's the best one I've ever owned and 95% of the credit goes to it! Sedona and the Grand Canyon are two places left yet on my list. I'd say Sedona is a couple of hours. I may try to make it next time.

Bobbye Terry said...

The desert takes a while to get used to, but it grows on you. I live in the high plains and learned to drink more water and use lotion liberally. No huge rock formations here per se, but we have canyons off the "caprock." It's gorgeous where you are!
Bobbye

Renee Vincent said...

So gorgeous! They are like postcard pictures! Thanks for sharing Maddie. Wish I was there....especially since I am sitting here shivering.

Janet Eaves said...

Beautiful! Isn't America grand! Thanks so much for sharing!